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217 Area Wildlife-Human Conflicts Advisor - Southern California


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This proposal has been formally submitted for the 2012 cycle.



As Vertebrate Pest Council (VPC) President, I am voicing our strong support for this position. The VPC is a non-profit organization that organizes the Vertebrate Pest Conference. This position is vital to provide vertebrate pest management information to: UCCE advisors, public health agencies, agricultural commissioners, pest control associations, wildlife organizations and other county and local government agencies. Vertebrate pest problems are found in all states. This position will be valuable in conducting research with other agencies (eg. National Wildlife Research Center)on area wide problems. In these times of reduced budgets cooperative research is even more critical. The VPC will provide significant initial funding to support this position.
Posted Aug 1, 2012 2:05 PM by John O'Brien
Wildlife/human conflicts occur everywhere, but are concentrated in farming areas and at the urban/wildland interface. Wildlife can cause large financial losses, illness, and even death to humans. Research and extension education have always been a key element in alleviating some of these losses and preventing others. This will be a very important position to fill.
Posted Aug 1, 2012 7:25 PM by E. Lee Fitzhugh
As a County Agricultural Commissioner, I value the support and service this position provides to our communities and organizations. The individual who occupies this position in my region recently provided an outreach and educational training to local farmers and ranchers related to vertebrate control. The training was comprehensive, pertinent and valuable to those in attendance and answered many questions related to mitigating vertebrate pest issues. I feel that it is important for all regions within California to have an Area Wildlife-Human Conflicts Advisor available to educate the public and provide research efforts to improve methods of vertebrate pest control. I strongly support filling this position.
Posted Aug 6, 2012 9:16 AM by Martin Settevendemie
This position (and #216) will provide critical linkage from the University to our stakeholders. My department (Wildlife, Fish, & Conservation Biology) is in the process of recruiting a new Specialist in Human-wildlife conflict. Complementing this with much-needed advisor positions will facilitate essential communication (e.g., the ANR Continuum) between AES researchers in UC, our soon-to-be-hired Specialist, and county-based stakeholders. This also will facilitate and promote applied research to solve the very real and ongoing dilemmas faced by agricultural producers, natural resource managers, landowners, state (and federal) agencies, etc. (I just posted a similar comment for Position 216 - BOTH positions will complement and amplify the potential impact of our incoming Specialist position).
Posted Aug 6, 2012 10:51 AM by Douglas Kelt
This proposed position, together with a parallel position proposed for No. California (position #216), and with the CE Specialist position in wildlife-human conflict scheduled to be recruited in late 2012 (and housed in Wildlife Fish & Conservation Biology, UCD), is an essential component of UC’s ability to respond to a growing number of conflicts between wildlife and human activities. Together with the IPM Area wildlife damage Advisor based at KARE (Roger Baldwin), and my limited role as CE Specialist, this position will achieve a critical mass of academics within ANR with expertise in various aspects of wildlife damage management. UC is uniquely positioned to fill this need, which is magnified because of California’s diversity of crops and wildlife species and suburban expansion: CDFA has suffered budget reductions so drastic that their single staff biologist working in wildlife damage is funded entirely by the rodenticide recharge program; Fish & Game has little or no expertise in this area, and as a regulatory agency has major public relations problems with landowners; the USDA’s Wildlife Services cooperatively-funded program focuses mostly on agricultural settings; and few private pest control firms are available or competent to handle urban/suburban wildlife conflicts. Suburban homeowners seldom know where to turn for assistance, and in their frustration, sometimes invent inappropriate solutions, often leading to pesticide misuse. Applied research that will be conducted by this position can have a major role in maintaining those few tools and technologies (e.g., vertebrate pesticides, traps) that are essential components of an IPM approach to reducing wildlife damage. With increased concern about such issues as anticoagulant rodenticide hazards to predators and scavengers, this advisor can have a major influence on how California and the nation develops improved, more effective strategies to solve conflicts with rodents, birds, predators, and other wildlife in suburban environments.
Posted Aug 6, 2012 11:03 AM by Robert Timm
Thank you for the opportunity to comment on my support for the recruitment and filling the position of Area Wildlife-Human Conflicts Advisor. Services provided by this position and the IPM Area Wildlife Damage Advisor are vitally important to the continued protection of our environment, agriculture, instances concerning public health and the wildlife itself. The need for solutions regarding the increase in wildlife damage and conflict has reached a critical threshold in an era of ever shrinking funding. Positions such as this one help to provide more efficient preventive methods and measures acceptable to regulators, agriculturalists, land managers, special interest groups and the public in general.
Posted Aug 6, 2012 12:25 PM by Dennis Bray
August 6, 2012

University of California Cooperative Extension
Statewide IPM Project
UC Davis

Re: Area Wildlife-Human Conflicts Advisor - Southern California

The Riverside County Agricultural Commissioner’s Office supports the hiring of a UCCE Advisor to act as the Area Wildlife-Human Conflicts Advisor in Southern California.

Conflicts between humans and wildlife occur everywhere in California, including in the agricultural setting but often times the conflict occurs where the wildland and urban areas interface. Consequently, wildlife can cause financial losses to agricultural producers, property owners, and illness or injury to humans.

Due to decreased funding provided by USDA and CDFA, there has been little information and expertise of knowledgeable persons available concerning vertebrate pest control. This has led to increased conflicts between humans and wildlife, especially in the wildland / urban interface. And because of the uncertainty of where to turn for advice, homeowners and agricultural producers will sometimes invent unique, but inappropriate solutions to the problem, often leading to pesticide misuse or misguided control measures.

With the increased regulation of pesticides available for vertebrate pest control and with the increased concern regarding hazards associated with anticoagulant pesticides to scavengers and predators, it is more important than ever to have adequate personnel available to provide information and effective strategies to solve conflicts between humans and wildlife.

The position of Area Wildlife-Human Conflicts Advisor will help facilitate an IPM approach to vertebrate pest management and control through applied research and by providing information to various stakeholders in California, including agricultural producers, pest control advisers, pest control businesses, public and private landowners, public health departments, agricultural commissioners, other county and local government agencies, wildlife organizations, fellow UCCE advisors, as well as the general public.

Thank you for your serious consideration of this important position.


John Snyder
Riverside County Agricultural Commissioner

Posted Aug 6, 2012 3:24 PM by John Snyder - Riverside County Agricultural Commissioner
As the San Diego County Agricultural Commissioner, I support the addition of Area Wildlife-Human Conflicts Advisor. San Diego County is an important agricultural production area with a vast urban-rural interface. Human-wildlife conflict occurs in many property situations, including residential, agricultural, and environmental areas such as parks and preserves. We have increasingly critical issues that are very much in the public eye. The research, publications and outreach produced by such an advisor would be in great demand by farmers and ranchers, agricultural commissioners, practitioners of integrated pest management and the general public.
Posted Aug 7, 2012 4:05 PM by Lisa Leondis

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